And they’re off! With the entrance of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) into the race, the 2012 presidential race has finally snapped into focus. With a more clearly defined field of conservative challengers including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and an assortment of other second tier candidates, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), the contenders have largely carved out for themselves the backers, money and supporters that they’ll need to capture the White House.
President Obama, as of yet, has drawn no Democratic challengers for the nomination of his party, and that’s likely to remain the same. Having said that, his reelection is far from certain, though certain indicators have indicated that his reelection is nearly guaranteed.
The central theme of the campaign? Jobs. Then jobs again, followed by more jobs. The President was in a spat with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this week regarding the scheduling of a presidential address to Congress on a new jobs bill the President will be sending to Congress shortly. Initially, the President wanted to schedule the address for this coming Wednesday, which would have conflicted with a Republican debate of presidential candidates. Boehner’s response? He suggested the next day, which is in direct conflict with the opening game of the NFL season. And Speaker Boehner got his way.
So, the antics associated with a presidential campaign have begun. I, for one, am salivating at the prospect of Republicans nominating someone like Rick Perry, the most conservative candidate, and, in some ways, a complete caricature of himself. For political junkies such as myself, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing that ‘s as much fun as a presidential race. Lucky for me, they keep getting earlier and earlier. Stay tuned.